Is the site you are trying to visit down? Or does the proxy just fail? Are you sure it hides your identity well enough when it works? If you have special requirements and are not ready to settle for a proxy, you should check what you trust. A proxy checker will help you select the right proxy location and make the optimal choice.
What is a Proxy Checker?
Since proxy servers are complex tools comprising hardware, software, and web services, they are sensitive to both user details (actual location, operating system, personal details, subscription, etc.) and details of the entities they want to reach (websites, FTP, email, intranets, etc.) There is no guarantee that the proxy you use will meet your requirements or work as such.
This is where proxy checkers come in. However, proxy checkers are not limited to testing whether that particular server is responding or not. Advanced checkers cover thousands of proxies in minutes and sort them by parameters (accessibility, speed, etc.). The most basic ones simply detect whether this proxy is working or not. Like the proxies themselves, they can be paid (usually more advanced) and free (usually basic).
What can be done with a proxy checker?
There is a whole list of situations where a proxy checker is required. They include the following:
- Verification of free proxies. These services pop up and suddenly stop, and you might find (to your nasty surprise) that the free proxy you used to access Australian online stores, Chinese social media or Indian free magazines no longer works. If you only use one, it’s easy, but with multiple proxies, a checker is a must.
- Speed control. If you used a free proxy, you might be annoyed by its slowness. The paid ones, in general, do better, but their speed may also be insufficient for your needs. An advanced proxy checker will detect the maximum and average speed you can expect from it.
- GEO determination. This is to ensure that the proxy is really hiding your location details and offering fake ones instead.
- Fingerprint verification. Device fingerprint is a generic name for a set of metrics that identify certain devices of likely users. Some proxies, however, replace user agents and other user data, thus replacing the fingerprint.
- Spam check. Since proxies provide the same IP address to multiple users, popular services often interpret these visits as spam attacks and block them (or greet them with captcha). A checker can make sure your proxy isn’t listed as spam.
- Global verification of anonymity. Proxies are diverse, ranging from fully transparent to fully protective, with respect to your identity. A checker is there to detect if that particular server is revealing your details or completely replacing them (or maybe something in between).
Last but not least: you can check both particular proxies and full lists of them. A decent proxy checker allows you to paste quite large text into a special window. It interprets the text as a list of servers (make sure it really is!), then connects to them, one at a time, to return with the results.
Why do you need a proxy checker?
You might think proxies are a hacker thing, and you, as a decent user, have no reason to use them. But sometimes everyone has to hide their identity and location. The reasons may be the following:
- You are trying to access resources blocked in your country by its authorities. For example, if you are currently in India, you cannot just access many Chinese sites or run apps. In Turkey, you cannot just open Wikipedia. In Russia, LinkedIn is banned, etc. It doesn’t matter if you are a resident or a tourist: limitations apply to everyone within the borders.
- You are trying to access resources restricted by their administrators by location. For example, many American stores only allow access from the United States, seeing no sense in foreign visitors. The same goes for some mass media.
- You wish to access certain resources which are prohibited in your network by its administration. These can vary from adult sites to torrent networks and online TV channels.
- You are visiting a website that can log the fact of your visit and you do not want your IP address to reveal your identity and location. Why you are there is none of our business, we just admit that it could happen.
A good proxy can help with any of these issues. With it, you can enjoy a free (or paid but with decent results) service that hides your location and identity well enough for your destination. A good proxy, we said. Proxies, like humans, can be good, bad, or dead. And to distinguish them, you need a special tool – now you know what it is. We hope that a good proxy checker will solve most of your problems with accessing necessary sites and protecting your privacy.
Proxy Checker FAQ
Proxy checkers are the next level for those who realized they needed a proxy and then went looking for the right one. Here’s what people ask after learning about the concept of proxy checkers.
Are proxy checkers free?
Most of them offer a free mode. Advanced features are usually chargeable, but isn’t it the same for any other type of service?
Is it safe to use proxy checkers?
Safer than not using them.
How do I know if a proxy is permanently or temporarily unavailable?
Check it again tomorrow. If it doesn’t seem to work, it’s probably dead. Replace it with a better alternative.
If my proxy turns out to be transparent and my identity is compromised, what should I do?
You will hardly be able to withdraw the details you have already exposed. But if you need to, you can change your fingerprint by buying a new device running another operating system, change browsers, choose another Internet service provider, change your habits to visit your favorite sites at another time of the day, and finally make you an elite or at least anonymous proxy. Or use fewer martinis and more consultations with Q, Mr. Bond.
Do I need to install software on my PC?
Most proxy checkers are web services, and all you need to use them is your browser (which you already have, or how would you read this?) There are apps you need to install, though. These are capable of more, including managing proxy lists, exporting and sharing results, and routing traffic from all your apps through a proxy (not just your browser).